Taxi drivers want fare hikes, a vulture flies into a plane engine, searchers find empty Air France recorder and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
As oil prices continue to climb, so might taxi fares
Taxi drivers are looking for ways to limit income damage resulting from high fuel prices. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) is planning to request a 15% increase in cab fares next week. If the NYTWA gets its wish, prices for passengers could rise from $2 per mile to $2.40 per mile, and from $.40 to $.50 per minute when cabs are stuck in traffic, the Gothamist reports.
Fares in other parts of the world have also been rising, but virtually all passengers can be happy they aren't subjected to a reported 150% increase for minimum fares in Qatar.
Searchers find empty flight recorder
During a 12-hour dive, search teams found the flight recorder for the Air France plane that crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009, but unfortunately, it was missing the crucial "black box". The missing section contains the data necessary to reveal the cause of the crash, in which all 228 passengers were killed, BBC News reports. Investigators hope to find the black box during a second dive.
It took four dives employing robots capable of operating 4,000m below the ocean's surface to find the wreckage of the flight earlier this month.
A vulture sends a plane back to the ground
Last week two planes leaving from Orlando-Sanford International Airport were forced to change their plans after hitting birds. The bird-related incidents continued yesterday when a vulture got sucked into the engine of a plane leaving Guyana for Trinidad. Serious damage to the engine forced the plane to immediately head back to Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Indiana Jones heads to the museum
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the world's toughest archaeologist, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology opens at the Montreal Science Centre today. The exhibit, which runs through 18 September, features film accessories, ancient artefacts and an interactive tour of the sites featured in the films. Indy lovers, history buffs and George Lucas/Stephen Spielberg fans rejoice!
"I can't help but laugh at the thought of travel being too expensive. I'm not judging here. ...I thought the same thing at one time..."
- BootsnAll contributor Adam Seper writes about how being wealthy is not a prerequisite for round-the-world travel.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"Air India 'Maharaja' could not attend Kate-William Wedding Ceremony due to Pilot Strike."
-@jayprod. Wills and Kate might be travelling for free on the day of the royal wedding, but Air India's cartoon icon might not be going anywhere if the airline's pilots continue to strike.
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